Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor wedding: As family refuses to comment, paparazzi frenzy reaches zenith
The virtual buzz around Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s likely weekend wedding has taken on a physical form clearly evident from the sight outside the Bollywood star couple’s residence, where paparazzi are camped out to capture the smallest developments , with the couple’s families and leadership teams guarding mom on the nuptials.
Ranbir Kapoor (39) and Alia Bhatt are due to get married this week in the presence of family and close friends. However, there has been no official confirmation of the wedding date from either family so far.
The rumor mill has been churned with speculation, dates – one of three April 14,15 or 17 – at the wedding venue, which keeps changing from the Kapoor family’s iconic Chembur bungalow to the Vastu apartment of the couple in Pali Hill – an upscale area of Bandra here.
While Ranbir Kapoor owns a house in the Vastu building, Alia Bhatt is said to have rented in the same building, but on a different floor.
On a humid Monday afternoon, nearly 10 media photographers were stationed outside their residence, patiently waiting to capture any movement regarding the wedding.
As photographers continued to wait to catch a glimpse of the preparations from inside the apartment, the security team tied a huge white curtain between the building’s fence and a tree, covering an important view from where the paparazzi could access the entrance to the apartment.
There were jubilant moments when the battery of paparazzi spotted designer clothes by famed designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, which most dubbed the “bride and groom’s wedding clothes,” being taken to the apartment complex in a taxi.
When asked how the paparazzo was sure this was the couple’s D-Day attire, he quipped, “Intuition.”
“It’s definitely marriage related, if not theirs (Ranbir or Alia’s), then someone else’s. But these designer clothes coming at a time like this will naturally lead to such speculation,” said said a paparazzo, associated with one of the most followed Instagram pages dedicated to sharing celebrity photos.
The marriage speculation game served as amusement for the actors’ security staff, including Yusuf Ibrahim, Alia Bhatt’s (29-year-old) security manager.
Ibrahim’s 911 protection team would be in charge of overseeing all security for the wedding.
Even as the media struggled to get official word from the families, Ranbir Kapoor’s actor-mother, Neetu Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt’s filmmaker-father, Mahesh Bhatt, were spotted filming for their respective commitments in the city.
However, Neetu Kapoor and Mahesh Bhatt did not disclose any details regarding the marriage.
Last night the iconic RK Studios (created by Ranbir Kapoor’s filmmaker-grandfather Raj Kapoor, which was acquired by property company Godrej Properties in 2018) was lit up, suggesting it marked the official start of wedding preparations.
“Even if you put up a curtain or don’t confirm anything to us, we will find a way. We’ll show the Ranbir-Alia wedding,” one paparazzo joked, before making way for a fancy car, which he thought was a celebrity’s.
However, it was a visibly annoyed resident, honking through the media, to enter the building.
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